Solar Solutions: Solar Panels Help Fight Impact of Methane Leaks

The impact methane leaks have on the atmosphere is catastrophic – and the US just experienced the worst leak in its history. The natural gas leak that occurred in Aliso Canyon, Los Angeles caused damage to the climate that was even worse than the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. On October 23, 2015, the leak was discovered from one of the 115 wells connected to SoCal Gas Company’s massive underground natural gas storage system. The gas storage system is the largest in the Western US, and the leak persisted after the first 7 attempts to seal it. The leak was permanently sealed on February 18th, 2016.

Methane is one of the strongest pollutants and has 84 times the global warming power of carbon dioxide.

  • The leak has released 150 million pounds (72,000 metric tons) of methane into the environment, according to the Environmental Defense Fund.
  • Enough methane poured into the air every day to fill a balloon the size of the Rose Bowl.
  • The leak led to more than 11,000 nearby residents being evacuated.
  • The environmental impact is equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions from over half a million passenger cars.
  • Two Los Angeles Unified School District schools have closed in response to the methane leak.
  • 8,156,400 metric tons of carbon dioxide released
  • 917,790,000 gallons of gasoline burned
  • $19,193,700 dollars worth of natural gas wasted

Solar power does not expel toxins into our environment and combats the greenhouse gas buildup. Not only can solar save the environment from global warming, it is the reliable and endless resource that has fueled the existence of life since the beginning of time. In a single day the amount of sunlight that hits the United States is more than 2,500 times the entire country’s daily energy usage. Yet, solar photovoltaic panels produce less than two percent of the national electricity.

Using clean renewable energy to power our homes, businesses, and cars would eradicate the demand for methane. Becoming apart of the solar movement, using clean energy, and pushing legislation to cut methane uses are some of the immediate solutions to prevent methane environmental disasters and reduce the rate of climate change.

Become a part of the solar movement and start saving the environment and your energy costs today!

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The Age of Renewable Energy

What You Should Know About Renewable Energy The New Age of Energy is using natural resources to generate power. These resources include sunlight, wind, geothermal heat, water / tides, and biomass which are all naturally replenished. Using renewable energy as our source of power has the potential to solve global energy demands and the tomorrow’s environmental crisis. We are currently facing many challenges with energy production. With the increasing scarcity of fossil fuels, and rising prices of electricity, individuals and governments are being forced to progressively change how energy is produced. Creating scalable, decentralized power from renewable energy sources is the progressive change our environment – and wallets – need.

The solar energy movement is arguably the most reliable and sustainable form of renewable energy. In a single day the amount of sunlight that hits the United States is more than 2,500 times the entire country’s daily energy usage. Even though the solar movement is on the rise (the industry has seen over a 465% increase in installations since 2013), solar photovoltaic panels produce less than two percent of the national electricity. A variety of technologies convert sunlight to usable energy for buildings. The most commonly used solar technologies for homes and businesses are solar water heating, passive solar design for space heating and cooling, and solar photovoltaics for electricity. Thanks to federal and state clean energy incentives, many home and business owners have converted to solar within the past decade.

Energy produced from wind is captured by wind turbines. The US has the largest fastest growing wind power industry in the world. Considering it’s growth and size, the wind industry is a critical component to the Department of Energy’s strategy to expand the renewable energy market, create new clean energy technologies, and diversify the economy through the energy market.

Producing energy from water comes from several natural processes including ocean energy and the process of evaporation of rain and snow. Producing energy from the ocean comes from the tides, ocean waves, and ocean temperatures. The ocean waves are driven by the sun, wind, and tides and can be used to produce energy. In addition to tides and ocean waves, the differentiating temperatures of the ocean (warmer temperatures at the surface from sun, lower temperatures at depth) can also generate energy.

When the water vapor is transformed into rain or snow, and flows into rivers and streams, this energy can be captured by hydroelectric power and transformed into electricity. Hydroelectric power presently supplies about 10 percent of the electrical generating capacity of the United States.

Biomass has been a main source of energy since the beginning – using wood to create fire to cook food and keep warn. Biomass energy is used for power production, and to create products that would otherwise be made from fossil fuels. Although creating biomass energy produces carbon dioxide and can technically contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, it is balanced by the carbon dioxide captured in its own growth. Biomass sources include wood (largest biomass resource still used today), wood based plants, manure, crops, algae, organic components of municipal and industrial wastes residues, and debris from forestry.

Geothermal Heat

Geothermal heat comes from heat below the earth’s surface – ranging from magma miles below the earth’s surface, heat rock, or as pockets of steam or hot water (hot springs).  In the US, the majority of geothermal reservoirs are located in the western states, Alaska, and Hawaii. Energy produced by geothermal heat is either produced by power plants or from geothermal heat wells that are drilled into underground heat reservoirs for the generation of electricity or direct-use applications. The geothermal power plants uses the heat to create steam or boiling water in order to turn turbines that generate electricity. Direct-use applications include heating homes or buildings, drying crops, growing plants in greenhouses, and other industrial processes such as pasteurizing milk or heating water at fish farms.

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Smart Communities Setting Solar Trend

Smart Communities are popping up all over the US and utilizing renewable energy resources to be self-sustainable and economically successful. They consciously leverage solar energy technologies to transform life in a fundamental way that benefits homeowners, communities, and the environment. These Smart Communities are creating a platform for future housing developments and smart-grid infrastructures.

Existing Smart Communities have successfully improved performance in buildings, increased property values, and reduced community debt. The formula for these Smart Communities is simple:

Efficiency + Renewable Energy = Sustainability.

Each solar powered residence helps the Smart Community by lowering energy costs and producing clean power. Energy efficient homes collectively create a resilient, self-sustainable community. These solar-powered homes and communities will be able to power themselves locally even when the broader electric grid goes down. Independent energy production is becoming increasingly important with the rise in energy costs and erratic/unpredictable weather caused by climate change.

The existing outdated – and expensive – infrastructure powered by centralized power plants is creating the problem of greenhouse gases producing climate change. Smart Communities that offer a solution this global epidemic by producing clean energy at a lower cost.

In order for our economy to remain sustainable, the green energy movement needs to take hold by enacting legislation and adopting local and city building codes for renewable energy requirements, and informing the public of the benefits of Smart Communities and tax rebates / incentives and financial assistance available. Newly developed Smart Communities are accomplishing just that – as the innovators and participants of Smart Communities understand the importance of shrinking carbon our footprint, being independent from utility companies, and saving on energy costs. New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision and California’s Distribution Resource Plans are setting the standard of moving toward green energy – which will hopefully create a trend among state governments to enact similar legislation to induce the development of these Smart Communities.

Transforming your home into a Smart Energy Residence will effectively increase your property value, save you on energy costs, and enable you to be independent from utility companies. The experts at Action Air are here for all your Solar Solution needs – from installing solar PV panels to purchasing solar battery back ups for an existing solar PV panel system. Contact us today!

Why Solar Backup Batteries are a Good Idea

Much like your investment in solar PV panels, the overall return on investment for solar back-up batteries far outweighs the initial cost. Although solar PV most definitely save owners in energy costs when the power grid is up and the sun is shining, unpredictable power outages and natural disasters will cause your solar PV system to disconnect without a battery back up. This leaves unused solar energy sitting on the roof – unable to be sold back to utility companies or converted into power during an outage. Solar back-up batteries offer protection against outages, increase your savings and give you more independence from utility companies.

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With tiered rates under the current net-metering system, there are ideal times to sell back solar produced energy to the utility companies. Backup batteries and bi directional inverters give you the freedom and flexibility of when to sell or buy power from the utility grid. There is also technology available to alert you when to utilize your battery back up for optimal savings.

 

How It Works

The majority of existing solar PV systems do not protect you against power outages, or increased utility grid rates. Fortunately, the upgrade to a battery backup system called AC coupling will give you security when the grid is down, and savings when utility rates fluctuate.

The AC coupling is a hybrid-type system that ties your energy storage system to the existing grid-interactive one. Throughout the day, the solar energy powers a home or building while simultaneously charging the backup battery. During a power outage, the bi directional inverter will convert the stored energy from your backup battery to your home to keep things running smoothly.

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Grid stability has already declined with the rise in renewable energy and distributed energy generation. Battery backups systems are the solution to the imbalance in power swings.  The good news is nearly every home or business with a grid-tied solar PV panels is eligible for a battery backup system upgrade.

With increased grid imbalances, federal and state tax incentives, and affordable financing options available, now is a great time to upgrade or install solar PV panel systems with backup batteries.

Solar Federal Tax Incentives Extended

The federal government recently passed a spending package allowing solar tax incentives to be extended for another 5 years. The solar tax incentives allow taxpayers to receive a 30% Investment Tax Credit (ITC). This is great news for the renewable energy industry and the solar movement! The new legislation has created a boom in the solar industry by effectively encouraging residential and commercial property owners to use solar technology in their homes and businesses.

Now is a great time to transition to solar – not only does the current legislation makes it an affordable and economical option, photovoltaic panels will also increase the value of your home or commercial building. The solar usage in the US is expected to triple within the next 6 years – and has already nearly doubled since 2014. With solar panels steadily becoming mainstream, the economic value of properties with photovoltaic panels will increase substantially.

Since the Solar TAX INCENTIVE was implemented in 2006, solar installation has increased over 1,600 percent.*  The extension for solar tax incentives insures the industry’s growth, and when the amount of solar installations increase, the price per solar pv panel decreases.

From an environmental perspective, the projected growth due to the solar ITC extension will offset 100 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per year.

“There’s no way to overstate this — the extension of the solar ITC is the most important policy development for U.S. solar in almost a decade,” said MJ Shiao, Green Tech Media’s director of solar research.

The experts at Action Air are here to help you get the maximum return on your investment. Call us today for a free consultation. Our team will get you on your way to an environmentally friendly solar panel system, increased property value – and energy savings!
*Resources

http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/breaking-house-passes-1.1-trillioun-spending-bill-with-renewable-energy-tax

http://www.seia.org/policy/finance-tax/solar-investment-tax-credit Solar Energy Industries Association

US Locations That Are Best For Going Solar

As a homeowner with solar, or considering going solar, you most likely recognize the importance of clean energy how beneficial it is for the environment, the economy, and homeowners alike.

Although solar panels can essentially be utilized in any location where the sun shines, there are certain climates that are ideal for harnessing solar power. In addition to federal tax incentives, certain states offer even more incentives to go solar through rebates, funding, and tax breaks.

Solar capacity and state incentives are the two of the most important factors when evaluating which US locations are best for solar panels. The following information seeks to advise you on the US locations that benefit most from a photovoltaic panel system.

In general, areas closer to the equator have far greater potential for producing solar electricity than areas closer to the poles, and areas with consistent sun have greater solar potential then areas that are frequently overcast. Since there are few clouds in the desert and plenty of sunshine, making Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Nevada, and Southern California some of the best states for solar energy production. Hawaii and Florida also have the potential to make solar the biggest energy source. All these states’ climates are uniquely suited to take on solar as the main source of renewable energy. Unfortunately, some of these states are lacking the RPS, or renewable portfolio standard, to make this a real possibility. Having a RPS in place requires that a certain percentage of all energy produced is renewable. An RPS is the best way to motivate utility companies and homeowners to go solar. Florida, for example, has no RPS in place but is one of the states that has the greatest potential for renewable energy.

Unlike Florida, other states with the greatest solar capacity such as California, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, and Texas have a RPS in place and are taking advantage of the opportunity to make solar power the main source of renewable energy.

Solar capacity is important in terms of the amount of energy that can be produced from photovoltaic panels, however, ‘going solar’ is still an attractive option for locations that receive less solar irradiance (brightness) and insolation (strength of sun when it reaches ground). Surprisingly, states without high solar capacity have proven to be the most committed to solar energy through their respective legislation. For example, New York legislation leads the nation in the best rebates and tax breaks for residential solar. Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Maryland, and Vermont are following New York’s lead and also offer brilliant incentives for homeowners to go solar.

As a whole, the United States has terrific solar resources, geographically and financially. Call Action Air today to take advantage of Southern California’s high solar capacity, tax incentives, and financing options!

How Weather Effects Solar Energy Production

Temperature, air density, precipitation, pollution, fog, and wind can disturb solar energy production, but should not be considered ‘deciding factors’ when assessing your climate for solar power use. If these conditions are prominent in your geographic location, solar is still a viable option considering battery back-up can always get the job done in the absence of beloved sunny days. 

Sunshine Exposure for Solar Power

The length and strength of solar power received are the two most important factors in producing electricity through photovoltaics. As such, regions that receive the most sunshine per day will produce the most energy. Solar tracking can off-set the decrease in energy production when days become shorter and the sun is not at an ideal angle for maximum insolation.

Wind

Wind damage to your solar panels is unlikely considering they are specifically designed to withstand wind speed up to 80 mph or more. However, solar PV systems are subject to the same laws of physics as any other electrical circuit. The behavior of the electrical circuit in terms of voltage, resistance and current are governed by other effects, like air temperature and wind speed. Since wind speed influences air temperature, it is a piggy-back factor of how temperature can affect a solar PV system.

Temperature

Solar panel power production is the most efficient when temperatures are low in sunny environments.

  • High temperatures: Field and laboratory experiments (Rivers State University of Science and Technology at Port Harcourt, Nigeria in 2008) have revealed a drop of solar energy output for every increase in degree of a home photovoltaic solar panel once the panel reached 42 degrees Celsius, or about 107 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Low temperatures: The angle of the sun determines irradiance (brightness) and insolation (strength of sun when it reaches ground) which both determine the amount of energy production photovoltaics. Locations closest to the poles, and/or during winter seasons, the angle of the sun is low and temperatures decrease, causing solar panel energy production to also decrease.

Air density

Thin air is ideal for solar power for the simple fact that when the air is thicker, it scatters more sunlight. Typically, the higher the elevation, the thinner the air is. Locations at or below sea level tend to have higher air density.

Snow / Rainfall

A thick layer of snow on your solar PV panels will affect the production of energy entirely. However, panels naturally give off heat and are purposely installed at an angle which will prevent the accumulation of thick layers of snow. During rain or snow, the length and strength of the sun is minimal and will decrease energy production as a result.

Pollution

Pollution, much like clouds or fog, diffuses sunlight so the strength of the of sun will decrease in highly polluted areas.

Cloud Cover / Fog

If you live in an area with dense cloud cover or fog, like San Diego, your solar power output will decrease but the solar PV panels will still produce electricity. Clouds/fog diffuse (spread out) sunlight, so the angle of the sun and/or panels are not as critical. The amount of solar energy produced in these conditions depends on the thickness and duration of the fog or cloud cover. A single cloudy day will not affect the amount of power coming into your home, it is more important on the amount of sun that your panels see on average per year.

Although weather can have a significant impact on solar power production, solar panels are built to withstand heavy rain, hail, wind and cycles of heat and cold for many years. Despite unfavorable conditions for solar power production, your home can still receive electricity it needs through battery back-ups and smart mounting solutions. Switching to solar is still a wise investment that will increase the value of your home, help the environment, and save you on energy bills. Call Action Air today to learn more about solar panel installation!

The Value of Solar For Your Home or Business

Top Quality Solar Panels The solar movement in the US is steadily rising, and if you are considering going solar you may want to know exactly how it will benefit you. With the cost of electricity steadily rising, and the federal and state incentives in place, installing solar panels is becoming an attractive option for home and business owners all over the US. Here are a few reasons why the value of solar is so substantial.

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A solar power system is customized for your home, so pricing and savings vary based on location, system size, government rebates and local utility rates. Savings on your total electricity costs is not guaranteed.

Value of Solar Panels: Saves on Electricity Bills

The rising cost of electricity is driven by the increasing demand for fossil fuels – mainly coal and oil. A study conducted by the Edison Electric Institute found that electricity prices went up 2.5% annually from 2000 to 2006, and are following a steady upward trend. With solar panels, you are generating renewable energy that can save you up to 50% or more on your utility bills annually. Not only are you protecting yourself from increasing electricity and gas prices by going solar, but you could even payback your investment in as little as 8 years.

  • How It Works: The solar net metering program saves costs on utility bills by allowing the solar user to ‘sell’ back the excess energy produced to utility companies at a retail rate. The credit of the excess energy produced by solar panels off-sets electric energy used from the utility grid by the solar customer, thus creating a return on the customer’s investment in solar panels.

Value of Solar Panels: What’s Trending

Although solar is a relatively new market, it is becoming an increasingly important and vital part of the American economy. In order to meet the demand of the solar market, more and more solar panel manufacturing companies are popping up, and the cost of panels have reduced as a result. According to Solar Energy Industry Association, roughly 20,000 Mega Watts of solar capacity is forecasted to come online over the next two years, doubling the country’s existing solar capacity. 2015 was another record-breaking year for the solar market, and with the increasing demand residential and commercial solar power, installations will only continue to rise at this astonishing pace.

Federal and state government encourages homeowners to go solar by offering great tax and rebate incentives to keep the solar market flourishing through affordable options.

Value of Solar Panels: The Green Movement

The Value of Solar PanelsAmericans are becoming more aware of the negative effects of fossil fuels on the environment. We are at a critical time in history to create solutions to lessen the impact of humanity’s carbon footprint on the planet. In that regard, the solar movement has been one of the most progressive implications of green solutions. Clean, renewable energy is not only affordable, but responsible. With independence being at the heart of American culture, renewable energy will only continue to be a more attractive option for homeowners to become less dependent on utility companies.

Join the cause, increase the value of your home, and save on utility bills by adding the value of solar at your home or business. The experts at Action Air are here to answer any questions you may have in your transition. Call today 800-400-4152 or Get a Free Solar Quote Online!

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Go Solar! How Hero Financing Can Help You Transition Into Solar Energy for Your Home

HERO can be vastly more beneficial than traditional consumer financing. Not only is HERO Solar Financing primarily based on the equity a property owner has, it also does not base decisions on household income or FICO scores.

Eligible coverage under the Hero Financing Program includes both equipment AND installation costs. Hero does not require upfront cost and offers low fixed rate loans for up to 20 years!

Going solar can reduce or eliminate your electric bill all together, saving you the big bucks in the long term. Additionally, financing through HERO requires no upfront costs.

The benefits of going solar:

  1. No out of pocket cost
  2. Low interest fixed loans for 5, 10, 15 & 20 years
  3. Cuts or often eliminates electricity bill
  4. Increases the value of your home
  5. Protects the environment

Installing a solar panel system to your home is a big investment – Action Air Conditioning, Heating and Solar can make sure that financing your solar upgrade or installation is easy and affordable.

Contact Action Air, Heating & Solar today to see how HERO financing can help you go solar!

Can I Take My Solar Panels With Me When I Move? | Solar San Diego

Although not a question we get very often, we occasionally have people ask what happens to their solar panels if they decide to move. Some people wonder whether they can take their solar panels with them when they move. Technically, the answer to this question is yes, but the better question is  actually “should I take my panels with me if I move?”

Solar panels require a considerable investment to install. Much of the cost for solar electric systems comes in the form of labor to install the panels. Paying for labor to remove the panels and then again to have them re-installed at your new home can significantly reduce or even nullify the gains investing in solar would yield.

Solar Panels Improve Home Value

Installing solar on your home can have a considerable impact on your home’s value. Studies have shown that homes with solar not only sell for more, they sell faster. Removing the panels from your home would actually be counter-intuitive because you can realize a higher resale value, which you can then use to re-install new panels on your home.

Although there haven’t been significant leaps in solar technology, newer panels are likely to be more efficient than your older panels and installation costs have dropped considerably in the last few years (by more than 60 percent in some areas in fact), so you will likely come out ahead financially by simply leaving the panels on your current home and buying new.

What to Do If You Want to Take Your Solar Panels With You

If we haven’t convinced you otherwise and you still want to take your solar panels with you, be sure to hire a qualified electrician or builder who is certified to perform solar panel removal. The panels will need to be removed in a manner that will not damage them and properly packed for transit. If your panels are damaged during transit after they have been removed from your home, they will not be covered by manufacturer warranty, leading to additional expense to have your system re-installed on your new home.

What If I Lease Panels?

Although we do not provide solar leasing programs,  some homeowners do choose to lease solar panels. Policies for what happens with your solar panels if you move while under a leasing agreement varies by provider. Please check with your provider to learn more about their specific policy.

Want to Learn More About Solar in San Diego?

If you are considering installing solar and want to learn more about solar San Diego installations and the surrounding area for your home or business, give us a call or fill out a contact form on the right. Our solar technicians can discuss the options that are available to you, assess your home’s solar potential, and even provide you with production and return on investment estimates!

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